This month, College & Career Coach Ashley LeSaicherre spreads her special brand of holiday cheer to our faithful blog audience.

Merry Coach-Mas… Or should we say Christmas! The holidays are upon us, whether you are ready or not. This is a wonderful time of year to celebrate friends, family, co-workers, and everyone else in your life. It’s also a time to reflect on the past year, to be thankful for our blessings, and to think about the new year to come.

We’ve taken to social media this year to share videos and messages conveying our holiday wishes for our high school and college students taking a much-needed holiday break from the pressures of school. Our college & career coaches, supporters, and even some former students are sharing their “ONE Wish” for students. From funny to heartwarming, these videos showcase the best of who we are and what we want for our students.

Speaking of which, we know that many of you will be thinking about last-minute gifts. Given the choice, most Americans would prefer to have a donation made in their name over a gift they won’t be able to use. Why not give the gift of a Career Compass college & career coach for students in your community?

With your help, we want to raise $10,000 by the end of 2017. Your donations could mean that 100 high school seniors will have a coach in their corner while they’re transitioning to college and planning for the future. You’ll help us attain our Vision 2022, as well. By 2022, we want every student, in every community in Louisiana, to have the opportunity to sit across from a caring, knowledgeable college & career coach who will help them overcome any obstacles keeping them from post-secondary success.

We can only reach this goal with your help! Here are a few ways you can help the future of Louisiana:

  1. Donate directly to Career Compass!* We’re partnering with Network for Good to provide you with a tailored giving experience. Not only can you donate securely, but you can do so on your smartphone or any mobile device. You’ll receive instantaneous donation receipts, and you can track your donations online in an easy format. Try it now!

  2. AmazonSmile: Who doesn’t love shopping from the comfort of their home, and not dealing with traffic, lines, and all the dramatic things I can say here about leaving your house!? AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.  AmazonSmile donates .5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to us.

  3. Sponsor the Career Compass student t-shirt, distributed to over 10,000 high school seniors in Louisiana! Contact Crystal Burch/318.730.6950‬, Director of Strategic Partnerships, to reserve your spot. THE DEADLINE IS TOMORROW!

  4. Share this blog! Help us get the word out about Career Compass to your friends, family and any businesses that would love to partner with us.

  5. Help us tell the community what we do! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn, and share our posts!

Have a wonderful Christmas, and let us all remember the reason for the season!

*Want to verify we are a legit Louisiana non-profit before you donate? Check out our profile as a Silver Participant on GuideStar. GuideStar is a leader in advancing transparency in the nonprofit sector, enabling users to make better decisions about giving.